Mind Your Own Business (1936)

75 mins | Comedy | 18 December 1936

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writer:

Dore Schary

Producer:

Emanuel Cohen

Cinematographer:

Robert Pittack

Editor:

George McGuire

Production Designer:

Wiard B. Ihnen

Production Company:

Major Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

In the opening credits, the makers of this film express their gratitude "to the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America for its generous cooperation." An early HR production chart credits Hugo Grenzbach with sound, although he is not credited on the film or in ... More Less

In the opening credits, the makers of this film express their gratitude "to the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America for its generous cooperation." An early HR production chart credits Hugo Grenzbach with sound, although he is not credited on the film or in reviews. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
9 Dec 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
14 Dec 36
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Oct 36
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Oct 36
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Dec 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
10 Dec 36
p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Nov 36
p. 39.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Dec 36
p. 56.
MPSI
1 Jan 37
p. 34.
Variety
17 Feb 37
p. 23.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Emanuel Cohen Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 December 1936
Production Date:
began 5 October 1936 at General Service Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
8 January 1937
Copyright Number:
LP6880
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2911
SYNOPSIS

Nature reporter Orville Shanks retreats to the woods for material for his "Our Wild Friends" column and to volunteer for his favorite cause, the Boy Scouts. When Orville's editor, Crane, orders him to spice up his column, Orville's wife Melba writes a gossip column using animals as metaphors for people. Crane loves Melba's article and gives Orville a raise, and the column becomes a hit. The Daily Recorder , meanwhile, has backed mayoral candidate Bottles, and when Melba overhears him speak against crooked politicians during a rub-down at a spa, Orville writes a column about Bottles being "rubbed out," and the candidate is actually murdered. Meanwhile, Bottles' opposition, Brannigan, is out to get Orville. The district attorney, believing that Orville knows the story behind Bottles' murder, interrogates and then arrests him, but he is released by Crane. When Brannigan abducts Orville, Crane is ecstatic about the publicity and the Boy Scouts retreat into the woods to find him. After Melba blows up shotgun shells in the fireplace of the cabin where she and Orville are being held hostage, the gangsters flee and the scouts apprehend them as the police and Crane arrive. The scouts then march back into town with ... +


Nature reporter Orville Shanks retreats to the woods for material for his "Our Wild Friends" column and to volunteer for his favorite cause, the Boy Scouts. When Orville's editor, Crane, orders him to spice up his column, Orville's wife Melba writes a gossip column using animals as metaphors for people. Crane loves Melba's article and gives Orville a raise, and the column becomes a hit. The Daily Recorder , meanwhile, has backed mayoral candidate Bottles, and when Melba overhears him speak against crooked politicians during a rub-down at a spa, Orville writes a column about Bottles being "rubbed out," and the candidate is actually murdered. Meanwhile, Bottles' opposition, Brannigan, is out to get Orville. The district attorney, believing that Orville knows the story behind Bottles' murder, interrogates and then arrests him, but he is released by Crane. When Brannigan abducts Orville, Crane is ecstatic about the publicity and the Boy Scouts retreat into the woods to find him. After Melba blows up shotgun shells in the fireplace of the cabin where she and Orville are being held hostage, the gangsters flee and the scouts apprehend them as the police and Crane arrive. The scouts then march back into town with Orville. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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